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It’s an odds situation, but here’s why Manchester United could still win the title

by Josh Powell | October 1, 2013
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#MoyesOut is already a weekend tradition on the Twitter machine as David Moyes goes about his managerial business, stumbling from one disaster to another in charge of one of football’s biggest empires.

Six games in and three defeats later leave Manchester United 12th in the table with seven points. That’s below Cardiff and Hull City Tigers, and puts them level on points with Newcastle, Norwich, and Stoke. Incredibly they’re far closer to relegation than a Champions League spot.

The football traders in Power Tower have reacted with the graceful ‘knee-jerkiness’ that comes with their job, and United are now 7/1 to win the Premier League title.

We’ve gone through the record books at Paddy Power, and at no time since we started writing stuff down and calling it history, have the Red Devils been as big a price at this stage of the season.

In the 2010/11 campaign they were 9/2 with Paddy Power after picking up 14 points from eight games. That year they went on to win the league quite easily by nine points. Despite having just 14 points from 24, United were unbeaten in that early spell but had chipped in with a lot of draws against reasonably shabby opposition like Bolton, Sunderland and Fulham.

Fans willing to back United at the lofty price of 7/1 will take confidence from that season, and from the 2002/03 campaign before it. Alex Ferguson’s side picked up just eight points in their opening six games and were six points off the pace set by Arsenal at this stage. They rallied, and went on to win the league by five points courtesy of a truckload of goals from Ruud van Nistlerooy.

History shows us it’s not the first time United have started a season slowly, and anybody who has watched the Premier League in the last eight years knows that Arsenal are just one result away from a spiralling run of form. That 7/1 might look like a big price come Christmas.

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